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John Gull

Chairman & Accompanist

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John is a professional accompanist and singing teacher. He maintains a busy teaching practice in Leicester, including coaching for City Music Foundation artists. Many of his students have won places at UK conservatoires and drama schools. He also enjoys composing vocal and choral music, and some of his original work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, and read music at Corpus Christi College, Oxford as Organ Scholar and pupil of David Goode.


After university he sang with professional cathedral choirs at Southwell Minster and Lincoln Cathedral, before moving to Leicester in 2009.

John particularly enjoys working alongside his wife Roxanne with Leicester University Chamber Choir as their vocal coach and accompanist, touring with them in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic. He is musical director of the Saffron Singers, a touring choir built around alumni from the university choir.


In 2022 he co-directed a disc of choral works by contemporary composer Paul Edwards. John also co-directs English Martyrs’ Schola Cantorum, an ambitious choral project aiming to raise choral aspirations for young people from diverse backgrounds.

John enjoys adjudicating, and is a regular judge for the national Rotary Young Musician Competition. Other current musical projects include mentoring organ scholars at St Anne’s Church in Western Park, and coaching the Eastwood Ensemble, a trio of gifted young chamber musicians. John is a co-founder and Chairman of Leicester MusicFest.

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